Frequently Asked Questions

The Wharton School will recognize the many achievements of our graduates during an online celebration on Sunday, May 17. Since we’re hosting this event in a new format, here are answers to some questions you may have.

Q. What can I expect from the ceremony?

The virtual celebrations will have components of a live ceremony. There will be an address by Dean Geoffrey Garrett, as well as remarks from Vice Deans, faculty, and staff. Most importantly, May 17 is still your official graduation and your day to celebrate all that you have achieved.

Q. When will the ceremonies take place?

The celebrations will be available to watch on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. EDT / 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. PDT. There will be four ceremonies organized by degree program: Undergraduate, MBA, MBA for Executives, and Doctoral. 

Q. Will the ceremony be recorded? Will the videos be available after it ends?

The videos will be available for you to watch at any time starting on May 17 at 1 p.m. EDT.  and they will continue to be viewable after the ceremony has ended. 

Q. How can I watch?

You can watch on either YouTube or Wistia. Both versions will be available starting on May 17 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Q. Will there be a program book?

A digital program book will accompany the celebration. This book will include the celebration programming timeline, student awards, and list the names of students from the class of 2020.

Q. Can I invite family and friends?

Yes, anyone can join! The videos will be publicly accessible, and anyone who visits will have the opportunity to watch the ceremony.

Q. My family is in China, will they be able to watch?

Yes! All ceremonies will be available to watch on Wistia, a video hosting platform that is accessible in China. 

Q. How can my friends and family celebrate with me?

Although many graduates are not able to celebrate in person with their loved ones, we wanted to ensure that this day still feels like a celebration. To help you get in the spirit, Wharton has put together a Celebration Kit with items that you can share with classmates and loved ones.

Q. Will there be closed captions available?

 Yes, all videos will have closed captions.

Q. Will my name be read out loud? Will I be on camera?

Unfortunately, we can not accommodate a traditional roll call. The names of graduates will not be read and graduates will not be shown on camera. We plan to host an in-person ceremony when it is safe to do so.

Q. Do I need to register?

No, registration is not required.

Q. Is this in place of formal commencement ceremonies?

No, in-person, schoolwide commencement ceremonies will be held at a later date when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we did not want to let this day pass without celebrating the extraordinary accomplishments of our graduates.

For additional questions regarding graduation, please visit the University of Pennsylvania’s Commencement website.